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#970491 - 09/12/16 08:20 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: Kitsap]  
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Originally Posted By: Kitsap
Just had the pleasure of replacing the low beam this morning, 8 minutes start to finish. The third time was definitely easier than the first.


Geez! Do you remove the horn or tip it out of the way first? I have yet to do it on the RTLC.

I lived in Kitsap County for a few years way back when in Port Orchard.

#970596 - 09/13/16 06:19 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: NoelCP]  
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I sit in front of the bike on a one gallon Sherman Williams paint can, very important, and reach up behind the light housing and get intimate. I have small hands, for a guy, some may say girly, so that may be my biggest advantage. No other parts are removed are adjusted out of the way.

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#970598 - 09/13/16 06:57 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: Kitsap]  
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Originally Posted By: Kitsap
I sit in front of the bike on a one gallon Sherman Williams paint can, very important, and reach up behind the light housing and get intimate. I have small hands, for a guy, some may say girly, so that may be my biggest advantage. No other parts are removed are adjusted out of the way.


Afternoon Kitsap


Well that counts me out as no way in he!! could I sit on a 1 gal can, maybe a 5 gallon bucket though.


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#971050 - 09/18/16 08:57 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: Kitsap]  
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Originally Posted By: Kitsap
I have small hands, for a guy, some may say girly, so that may be my biggest advantage.


Your first name isn't Donald, is it? confused

#971139 - 09/20/16 04:52 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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OMG that was hard to do. Somehow I managed to get one of the looped clip ends stuck in the retention tab so I could hardly get it out! I think the loop itself was straddling a metal tab--hard to say couldn't see it very well even w/ a good mirror and light. Anyway, with a lot of persistence I got it free without ham fisting anything. Probably took a good 50 minutes before I figured out how the clips fasten, but now I think I got it for next time so it shouldn't take very long at all. Getting the wiring harness pulled off was tricky until I contorted my hand enough so I could grasp it between thumb and forefinger.

#971239 - 09/21/16 03:52 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Its a bitch - but its possible. Took me an hour the first time.
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#971241 - 09/21/16 04:50 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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At 19,000 miles my low beam gave up too. After reading a few dozen posts and watching two YouTube videos three times each, I sat on my 5 gallon paint bucket in front of the bike, visualized the light assembly, reached up under the fairing and changed the bulb in 6 damn minutes. It probably helped that I play guitar and have tough fingertips. One tip - the driver's right side clip is stubborn on and off. Release it first, and re-attatch it first.


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#971261 - 09/21/16 01:21 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: DaveBass]  
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FWIW, yesterday I picked up a replacement to carry w/ me from the local BMW shop and it is a new part number they believe means it is a longer life bulb, we'll see hopefully...

#971262 - 09/21/16 01:27 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: DaveBass]  
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Originally Posted By: DaveBass
One tip - the driver's right side clip is stubborn on and off. Release it first, and re-attatch it first.


Interesting. I took the rider's right side clip off first and it was easy peasy, then when I took the left side off the right side loop straddled part of the metal tab I had just released it from and got so stuck I thought it was completely hosed and I would have to disassemble the whole bloody thing. I worked it out eventually and yes it took serious finger strength and I play guitar too! When I picked up a new bulb the sales guy at the BMW shop told me the exact same thing happened to him w/ his XR and he ended up doing some serious disassembly to fix it. I think after my experience I'm going to try doing the left side first, then go to the right and see what happens.

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#971467 - 09/23/16 10:01 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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My low beam went out last weekend at a little over 23K miles. Fortunately I was going past a dealer the next day--Blackfoot Motorsports in Calgary--and they replaced it for no charge (just paid for the bulb).

I'm going plan on carrying a spare with me from now on. I noticed that the Osram Nightbreaker H7 Halogen bulb was recommended earlier in this thread. Is it a worthwhile improvement over the stock BMW bulb? Any other suggestions?


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